Dr Kaushik Ramaiya from Tanzania is currently a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). He is a Consultant Physician and Assistant Medical Administrator at Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Medicine of Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar es Salaam.
Dr Ramaiya received his basic medical training at the University of Mumbai, India, and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Dr Ramaiya has been actively involved in research on diabetes for many years. He has also been involved with the IDF Impact Studies in Africa. He specialised, among other topics, on glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease risk factors and mainly focused on Hindu communities living in Africa. Dr Ramaiya greatly contributed to a better understanding of this non-communicable disease in the African region. His researches on the role of ethnic differences are of great value. Dr Ramaiya has also investigated on the status of diabetes care in Africa, the economic costs of diabetes and its consequences. He has held many oral presentations and published several article on the above topics.
Dr Ramaiya is a Past Chair of the IDF African Region. He is also Honorary General Secretary for the Association of Private Hospitals in Tanzania and Honorary General Secretary for the Tanzanian Diabetic Association. Previous appointments include Secretary of the Organising Committee at the 6th Pan African Diabetes Study Group Congress, held in Dar es Salaam in 1998.